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Economic Development Manager - Lancaster City Alliance (40 hours/week)


Job Description

HOURS: 40 hours/week Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. No weekends or holidays (some evenings)

LOCATION: Lancaster City Alliance, located at 115 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602


Lancaster City Alliance is a non-profit that cultivates partnerships with business, local communities, the arts, education, non-profits and government to ensure Lancaster is a clean, safe and vibrant City for all.  For more information, please visit their  website .


As a member of the Lancaster City Alliance (LCA) team, the Economic Development Manager will play a key role in advancing economic development and driving positive outcomes in the City of Lancaster by providing direct support to small businesses and real estate developers, among others, through the delivery of relevant expertise and vital financial assistance tools. The Economic Development Manager will aid in the administration of, and provide critical logistical support for, the successful implementation of Lancaster City Alliance’s various economic development programs including the Building On Strength Economic Development Strategic Plan (BOS) and City Revitalization and Investment Zone (CRIZ) administration.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Qualified individuals must have the ability (with or without reasonable accommodation) to perform the following duties:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the organization’s key economic development programs and an ability to communicate the programs’ guidelines and requirements to prospective applicants.

  • Work closely with the President and Director of Community & Economic Development to facilitate the implementation of Building On Strength, the Lancaster City Alliance developed and managed Economic Development Strategic Plan for the City of Lancaster (2015-2030), to include coordination with plan stakeholders and advisory groups; data collection and management to measure implementation progress; business recruitment, outreach, and retention; supporting the advancement of real estate development projects; and other relevant activities.

  • Serve as key liaison on the team and provide direct support to small businesses and assist in addressing their needs as well as primary lead working with prospective small businesses looking to locate in the City, working as a liaison between the business and property owners/real estate brokers to find commercial space, and coordinating access to financial resources.

  • Provide administrative support for the organization’s key economic development programs including the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone (CRIZ) Program, Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Program, Downtown Investment District, and Façade Improvement Grant Program in coordination with the Director of Community & Economic Development.

  • Provide direct administrative support for the CRIZ Program, including: processing of application fees, application materials, etc.; assist prospective CRIZ Small Business Financial Assistance Program Grant and Loan applicants with navigating the application process in collaboration with loan underwriting partner EDC Finance Corporation; draft correspondence to applicants and beneficiaries of CRIZ financial assistance; among other responsibilities.

  • Collaborate with the Community Engagement Manager to provide support for the Façade Improvement Grant Program, including management and tracking of projects and accounting support to include processing of matching funds and payments to contractors.

  • Manage the Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) Program, including recruiting new businesses top participate and assist participating businesses with compliance.

  • Work with Director of Community & Economic Development and Director of Communications to develop promotional materials for the organization’s key economic development programs, including development of written content/narrative as well as tracking, monitoring, and analysis of data and statistics as outlined in Building On Strength to measure progress of plan implementation.

  • Track data and information to gauge the health of City neighborhoods and the impact of LCA activities including the maintainenace and frequent updating of Lancaster City Alliance’s existing inventory of property ownership, uses, and vacancies for Downtown and the City’s Commercial Hubs.

  • Assist with leading, managing, and coordinating, as needed, activities for the organization’s advisory and action-oriented groups including, but not limited to, Banker’s Briefings, Finance Squad, and City Transportation Roundtables.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS: The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:

  • Represent LCA at various meetings and activities as needed.

  • Establish, build, and maintain close working relationships with community contacts, business and property owners, commercial real estate brokers, government officials, economic development partner organizations, and others to advance economic development efforts to maintain Lancaster City Alliance’s reputation as a “trusted steward.”

  • Educate the community – particularly small businesses, property owners, and other community stakeholders – about Lancaster City Alliance and its roles and responsibilities.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, economic development, real estate development, community development, and/or a related field.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in, and a solid understanding of, economic development, real estate development, urban planning, and/or a related field.

  • Experience working with the general public, and experience working with or for government a plus.

  • Experience in program administration/project management, including planning, budgeting, and marketing.

  • Strong writing skills for correspondence, program marketing materials, and other documents.

  • Understanding of basic finance and economics principles.

  • Research and data collection/management capabilities.

  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


  • Familiarity and genuine love and passion for the City of Lancaster.

  • Masters Degree a plus.

  • Understanding of small business needs.

  • Ability to communicate complex information/concepts to the general public.

  • Ability to lead discussions/meetings as necessary.

  • Spanish speaking skills.

Disclaimer: This job description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended to be a reflection of those principal job elements essential for recruitment and selection, for making fair job evaluations, and for establishing performance standards.  The percentages of time spent performing job duties are estimates, and should not be considered absolute.  The incumbent shall perform all other functions and/or be cross-trained as shall be determined at the sole discretion of management, who has the right to amend, modify, or terminate this job in part or in whole.  Incumbent must be able to perform all job functions safely. #LI-LS1

Benefits At A Glance:

PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH offers the following benefits to employees:

  • 100% Tuition Assistance at The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Shift, Weekend and On-Call Differentials
  • Health, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement Savings Account with Company Matching
  • Child Care Subsidies
  • Onsite Gym and Fitness Classes


PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to hiring a diverse workforce. All openings will be filled based on qualifications without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.


Search Firm Representatives please read carefully: PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, all resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH via-email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health in any form without a valid written search agreement in place for that position will be deemed the sole property of PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by PENN MEDICINE LANCASTER GENERAL HEALTH as a result of the referral or through other means.

LANCCITYALL Full Time Posted on 03/16/2023